- New Apple announces Vision Pro, its first virtual reality glasses
In an event clearly dominated by the announcement of its new virtual reality platform, Apple has also unveiled several new Macs. It was not exactly a surprise. The rumors already pointed to an event loaded with product, product that on this occasion, in addition, finally puts an end to Apple's transition from Intel processors to its own CPUs.
Three new Macs will arrive in Apple's catalog in the coming weeks. The first is the 15-inch Macbook Air, which will start selling next week for 1,599 euros and uses the same M2 processor that Apple launched last year with the latest version of the Macbook Air. The change of the screen size (and therefore the resolution) is the biggest attraction, but the computer also has more powerful speakers and a thickness of only 11 mm., much lower than other equipment with this size.
Another Mac that will receive a major update is the Mac Studio, the small desktop aimed at creative professionals, which will now be available with the M2 Max processor or the new M2 Ultra (which as with the M1 generation, are two M2 Max combined).
With this latest processor, users with higher power demands can configure up to 192 GB of memory and is powerful enough to simultaneously display up to 22 8K video signals with ProRes quality. It's 20% more powerful in computation and 30% more powerful in graphics than the M1 Ultra. For practical purposes the jump in power is significant. Mac Studio with M2 Ultra, for example, allows video colorists to use DaVinci Resolve—a popular application for these tasks—with up to 50% faster video processing speeds than using Mac Studio with M1 Ultra.
But the surprise of the event was the announcement, finally, of a new version of the only product in the Apple catalog that did not yet have the company's new processors, the Mac Pro. Apple will launch a new model this year that will also use M2 Ultra processors, but with the advantage of adding support for PCIe expansion cards. Apple has not specified which cards will be available and by which manufacturers but this expandability is its main advantage and the reason for its high price. The Mac Pro starts, after all, at 8,399 euros.
In addition to the new products, Apple has also taken advantage of the inaugural conference of the WWDC, as in other years, to announce the novelties that will reach the different platforms and operating systems that use their products.
For iOS, the operating system of the iPhone, Apple prepares important changes. Audio messages, for example, will now have automatic text transcription in most messaging apps, FaceTime users will be able to stop video, and contacts will have new customizable business cards.
A new app is coming to the company's phones: Diario. As its name suggests, it is an app that helps you create a personal diary with the events of the day, intelligently selecting some contents of the photo library or the music application. Autocorrect and dictation will also improve thanks to the use of better artificial intelligence and machine learning models.
With the new version of iOS, the iPhone will also transform into a smart display when charging and horizontally, displaying contextual information, alarms and other useful applications.
Siri will also be a little smarter and will respond to the user when using their name and not, as before, the combination of words "Hey Siri" or "Hey Siri".
The iPad will also have many of the novelties that come to the iPhone and will offer new customization options on the lock screen. It will also debut new editing and collaboration tools in PDF documents.
The most radical change will be for watchOS 10, the new version of Apple's smartwatch operating system. It will arrive with an improved interface and support for widgets, small always-on applications that can be quickly accessed with the digital crown. The watches will also be able to track sports in more detail when cycling or riding during an excursion, with new safety and location features.
These new operating systems will arrive in autumn with the new versions of the devices but will be available in beta version for developers from this week.
- Apple Inc.
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